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Confederate States of America Currency

Confederate States of American (CSA) currency is unique in that it was not backed by any hard standard, but rather by a promise of repayment upon independence. Both coins and banknotes were created for the fledgling CSA. Banknotes were nicknamed greybacks, associated with the grey color of the South's military uniforms.

CSA currency existed in many forms: Confederacy-wide notes, state-issued notes, and private bank-issued notes. Several prototype coins were made both during and after the Civil War. In 1861, 12 to 14 original prototype copper-nickel pennies were minted. The dies used to mint these coins now reside in the Smithsonian Institute, although they were used to make commemorative coins after the Civil War. Additionally, four Confederate half-dollar coins were minted. All four survive to this day.

Today, CSA currency is very collectible due to the historical resonance of the American Civil War. Many bills and coins show signs of individual stories that reflect the turbulence of the time in a way that few other mediums can accomplish. While counterfeiting was popular due to the large number of different printings, there are many noteworthy and desirable counterfeits with quality equal to or even surpassing that of the officially released currency.


Quick Facts

  • The promissory nature of CSA currency echoes that of the United States Revolution when the colonies produced fiat currency
  • Many CSA banknote designs feature prominent contemporary and historical figures including a $50 bill featuring George Washington
  • An 1861 issue $100 note sold for just over $5,000 at a California auction in 2014. Several other rare notes sold at the same auction for $2,000 to $3,000

Recommended Items at Auction

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1864 $500 CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA
Jul 16, 11:00 AM EDT
1864 $500 CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $250- $325
$4512 Bids
Ten 1864 Confederate States Bank Notes
Jul 18, 2:00 PM EDT
Ten 1864 Confederate States Bank Notes
by Waddington's
Est: $200- $300
$85010 Bids
2 CONFEDERATE STATES BANKNOTE LOT 1864 $10 & $20
Jul 17, 9:00 AM EDT
2 CONFEDERATE STATES BANKNOTE LOT 1864 $10 & $20
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $50- $80
$606 Bids
1864 $100 T-41 CONFEDERATE UNCIRCULATED BANK NOTE
Jul 17, 9:00 AM EDT
1864 $100 T-41 CONFEDERATE UNCIRCULATED BANK NOTE
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $80- $160
$905 Bids
VERY NICE CONFEDERATE BILL
Jul 13, 10:00 AM EDT
VERY NICE CONFEDERATE BILL
by Raynor's Historical Collectible Auctions
Est: $600- $800
$3253 Bids
(2) CONSECUTIVE 1864 $2 TWO DOLLARS JUDAH BENJAMIN CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA NOTES UNCIRCULATED
Jul 20, 10:00 AM CDT
(2) CONSECUTIVE 1864 $2 TWO DOLLARS JUDAH BENJAMIN CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA NOTES UNCIRCULATED
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $330- $10,000
$3252 Bids
PACK OF (100) 1864 $10 TEN DOLLARS CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTES VERY FINE+
Jul 21, 12:30 PM CDT
PACK OF (100) 1864 $10 TEN DOLLARS CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTES VERY FINE+
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $2,505- $10,000
$2,5001 Bid
A PAIR OF CONFEDERATE BILLS
Jul 13, 10:00 AM EDT
A PAIR OF CONFEDERATE BILLS
by Raynor's Historical Collectible Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
CONFEDERATE STATES CURRENCY - $10, $20 & $50 BILLS
Jul 21, 9:00 AM EDT
CONFEDERATE STATES CURRENCY - $10, $20 & $50 BILLS
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$701 Bid
1864 $50 SERIES 3 CONFEDERATE NOTE
Jul 16, 11:00 AM EDT
1864 $50 SERIES 3 CONFEDERATE NOTE
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $75- $100
$101 Bid
UNGRADED GROUP OF SIX CONFEDERATE BILLS
Jul 13, 10:00 AM EDT
UNGRADED GROUP OF SIX CONFEDERATE BILLS
by Raynor's Historical Collectible Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$2001 Bid
1864 $50 CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA
Jul 16, 11:00 AM EDT
1864 $50 CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $50- $70
$101 Bid
Twenty-Five Confederate States Bank Notes
Jul 18, 2:00 PM EDT
Twenty-Five Confederate States Bank Notes
by Waddington's
Est: $120- $180
$1001 Bid
PACK OF (100) 1864 $5 FIVE DOLLARS CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTES VERY FINE+
Jul 20, 10:00 AM CDT
PACK OF (100) 1864 $5 FIVE DOLLARS CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTES VERY FINE+
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $2,755- $10,000
$2,7500 Bids
T-54 1862 $2 TWO DOLLARS JUDAH BENJAMIN CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTE UNCIRCULATED
Jul 20, 10:00 AM CDT
T-54 1862 $2 TWO DOLLARS JUDAH BENJAMIN CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTE UNCIRCULATED
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $165- $10,000
$1600 Bids
T-54 1862 $2 TWO DOLLARS JUDAH BENJAMIN CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTE UNCIRCULATED
Jul 20, 10:00 AM CDT
T-54 1862 $2 TWO DOLLARS JUDAH BENJAMIN CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTE UNCIRCULATED
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $165- $10,000
$1600 Bids
(10) CONSECUTIVE T-67 1864 $20 TWENTY DOLLARS CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA NOTES UNCIRCULATED
Jul 20, 10:00 AM CDT
(10) CONSECUTIVE T-67 1864 $20 TWENTY DOLLARS CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA NOTES UNCIRCULATED
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $605- $10,000
$6000 Bids
T-54 1862 $2 TWO DOLLARS JUDAH BENJAMIN CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTE UNCIRCULATED
Jul 20, 10:00 AM CDT
T-54 1862 $2 TWO DOLLARS JUDAH BENJAMIN CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTE UNCIRCULATED
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $165- $10,000
$1600 Bids
T-54 1862 $2 TWO DOLLARS JUDAH BENJAMIN CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTE UNCIRCULATED
Jul 20, 10:00 AM CDT
T-54 1862 $2 TWO DOLLARS JUDAH BENJAMIN CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTE UNCIRCULATED
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $165- $10,000
$1600 Bids
T-54 1862 $2 TWO DOLLARS JUDAH BENJAMIN CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTE UNCIRCULATED
Jul 20, 10:00 AM CDT
T-54 1862 $2 TWO DOLLARS JUDAH BENJAMIN CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTE UNCIRCULATED
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $165- $10,000
$1600 Bids
PACK OF (100) 1864 $10 TEN DOLLARS CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTES VERY FINE+
Jul 20, 10:00 AM CDT
PACK OF (100) 1864 $10 TEN DOLLARS CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTES VERY FINE+
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $2,505- $10,000
$2,5000 Bids
PACK OF (100) 1864 $10 TEN DOLLARS CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTES VERY FINE+
Jul 21, 12:30 PM CDT
PACK OF (100) 1864 $10 TEN DOLLARS CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTES VERY FINE+
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $2,505- $10,000
$2,5000 Bids
PACK OF (100) 1864 $10 TEN DOLLARS CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTES VERY FINE+
Jul 17, 5:00 PM CDT
PACK OF (100) 1864 $10 TEN DOLLARS CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTES VERY FINE+
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $2,505- $10,000
$2,5000 Bids
T-64 1864 $500 FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTE VERY FINE+
Jul 17, 5:00 PM CDT
T-64 1864 $500 FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS CSA CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CURRENCY NOTE VERY FINE+
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $430- $10,000
$4250 Bids

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